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prosperity gospel = pyramid scheme

Prosperity Gospel in TIMEFoxNews reports that there is a senate investigation targeting six ministries promoting the “Gospel of wealth” to innocent victims.  — Finally somebody is calling their bluff … but nothing will be done about it.

Prosperity theology is commonly a part of televangelist, charismatic, and Pentecostal churches, that highlights the idea that God wants Christians to be “abundantly” successful in every way, including financially.  It’s loosely based on Deuteronomy 8:18,Remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, so that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your ancestors, as he is doing today.”  In a nutshell, it suggests that a God who loves you does not want you to be broke.  Some of the evangelists supporting prosperity theology include Kenneth Copeland, Benny Hinn, Nasir Saddiki, Robert Tilton, T.D. Jakes, Paul Crouch, Joel Osteen, Creflo Dollar, Joyce Meyer, Jesse Duplantis, Juanita Bynum, Eddie Long, Brian Houston, Paula White and Peter Popoff, and internet evangelist Chris Mentillo. Pat Robertson calls this theory the “Law of Reciprocity” on his show, The 700 Club[2].

Critics, including CATHOLICS, claim that the doctrine is used by its proponents to become wealthy at the expense of persons who give or that the doctrine’s focus on material wealth is misguided.  In my view, I sounds like a glorified “Pyramid Scheme.”  If our goverment is starting to look into this, why stop there Senators? Wall Street does this on a daily basis. Vegas and all the lotteries that are under government control do the same thing, promise the moon to lure a victim’s coin.  — That’s why nothing will be done.

tithe offeringThis got me looking for the Vatican’s guide to tithing our 10%, but I haven’t found anything official.  Anybody know what the Catholic Church says about tithing?  — Kermit?

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  1. December 29, 2007 at 2:05 am

    Once again, Joel Osteen’s utter failure to uphold Christian truth in an age of apostacy only further supports what is all too clear about his teaching: it is spiritually bankrupt.

    Here is a link to articles our ministry has created on Osteen’s heretical compromise that is anointed as “Christianity” today.

    http://www.spiritwatch.org/behindsmile.htm

  2. C.L. Mareydt
    December 29, 2007 at 12:16 pm

    too many christians are under the delusion that judging is a sin …
    perhaps if we started ‘judging’ these pulpit criminals, they would not be there to profit from the ignorance of the christian public.

    but then again, i can still believe that God is well aware of & more aware of what is going on than us.

    this journey has a starting point & an ending point …

  3. Butch Alford
    January 3, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    I believe it goes deeper! Today, there are two kinds of Kingdoms, the kingdoms of this world or of man, and the Kingdom of God.
    In the old covenant, the laws were for the kingdom of Israel. They had good and bad consequences based on obedience and all the consequences were of a natural earthly respect; cursing, or blessing. If they disobeyed, they were lead into captivity by a conquering nation. If they obeyed, they received wealth, health and peace within there own nation (Kingdom). Now, When Jesus came, He preached a new Kingdom saying “The Kingdom of God is at hand” Jesus preached the Gospel (Good news) of the new Kingdom of God. New to the people because this was a different kind of kingdom, it was a Spiritual Kingdom, a Kingdom to come but yet was here, “At Hand” all at the same time. Now, all the consequences for obedience to the commandments of Jesus was eternal life i.e. the new Kingdom that was now here. and the disobedience to the commandments of Jesus, ended one in eternal fire. If we read Matthew chapters 5-7 we find out just what His Kingdom is all about!
    Now you may be asking what that has to do with the prosperity gospel preached today?
    They are just businesses, 401-3C or a Corporation of some kind. and if you read Matthew chapters 5-7 you will find that Jesus’ Kingdom doesn’t require 10%, He requires 100%!
    But Jesus does not direct that money to church buildings, or big money 401-3C’s or for a 1million dollar home for the preacher, or multi million dollar church buildings! Nope! the money just goes to the poor, the widows, the needy, boring things like that! (I’m making a point)
    The only way that these prosperity gospel preachers can thrive is by quoting old covenant laws and to promise old covenant blessings. Jesus says, “Blessed is the poor”, now that is not going to pay for much is it. not even one of those suits they wear on TV. So as Jesus said in Matthew, “Many will come, saying I am the Christ, (Jesus is the Christ), and will deceive many. They will get their reward!

    “B”

  4. Anonymous
    March 10, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    BE VERY CERTAIN THAT THIS IS WHAT THE BIBLE TALKS ABOUT WILL HAPPEN IN THE LAST DAYS. I am not condoning any thing these said ministries do with their money. BUT Why is it that we don’t hear about the millions they spend in helping others all over the world? AND How much do you think 1 only 1 best seller book will net you??? Millions now add a few plus dvds and cds. Some of these are their personal works not the churches. Thats their money. God did say “I give you wisdom to get wealth” Duet 8vs18 &heck out 28 vs 2-14 You obey God and He will prosper you. NO BUTS NO IFS NO “Only a little” PERIOD PROSPER YOU WHO OBEYS THE COVENANT. And Jesus said in John 10vs10 …to have life abundantly… which means excessive,overflowing,etc. Oh and dont forget where GOD Himself said to test Him in tithing and giving and He would open up the windows of Heaven on you and you will not have room enough to contain it…Malachi 3vs3. You have to understand you cant out give God to every one in the Bible who gave from their heart not to receive bigger) but out of the heart of Christ and His Love… God promises you can out give Him. What God says becomes law and must happen. He made a covenant with father Abraham and as long as the offspring of Father Abraham Honor our side of the covenant God will Honor His, His is to bless us abundantly. It is very clear in the word. People have never and will never like any one who is completely happy and prospers (according to society’s prospering) and says its from God. Lack of understanding comes from lack of Knowledge and true knowledge is on sided when you have self and greed in the heart.

    NOW WITH ALL THAT said God also promises that any one rob or steel while doing it in HIS NAME WILL pay a very heavy price. I don’t know about you but i read all through out the bible Gods wrath poured on those that defiled Him useing His name….!! I don’t want to be in the same country when He does so on whichever Preacher of the word does this to any one. As for The rich man the CNN lady referred to…If you know anything about Christ when anyone gave up something to follow Him He multiplied and gave it back. Look at Mark 10vs29-30. BUT here again people want to pull things out of the Bible to support their cause. (Christians and NON Christians ) are guilty of this. Thats why God say do not Judge on another His Son will do that.

    Worry about your on life and not that of others UNLESS you have reached PERFECTION in yours, then by all means cast that first stone.

  5. March 18, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    You mentioned pyramid schemes without mentioning one of the most pernicious business cults which also feed at this prosperity trough with the rest of these mostly greedy pigs. I am talking about the Quixtar/Amway Global bunch of misfits who get conned in two directions. They get conned into believing it is God’s will to follow men into deceptive business practices and that this is God’s will for them.

    What bunko! These deceivers all operate in the same devilish way. They get you to buy into the little “fly size” lies and then get you to swallow the “camel size” lies. You’ve read the story: I Once Knew A Woman Who Swallowed a Fly?

  6. A true believer
    June 21, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    While you saps are on here putting down people that are doing good things in this world, you have the audacity to put them down. You are quitters. Do something more constructive with your life. Be part of the solution, not the problem. Amway has outlived almost every other business in the history of this country and is backed by a 7 billion dollar totally debt free company “Alticor”. Do you know how many millions they donate each year to help the hunger, sick and other ministries that need help? Its not about you, its about helping others. Get a life, Find out who jesus really is and what he can do for you. Be a part of the solution, not the problem.

    • Sơn
      June 16, 2011 at 3:15 pm

      That’s right. Free enterprise in a free society is the answer to society’s financial underlings. I am not here to judge. God allows Amway to exist. Everything exists through God’s providence. If He doesn’t like it, he will see it removed. I’m Catholic. I’m a disciple of Christ. I’m an Amway Global Independent Business Owner.

  7. Anonymous
    October 12, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    mosaic law teaches the tithe…..but what about our father of faith, what causes him to tithe to the King of Salem(abraham and melchizadek) If Jesus came in the order of mel….what keeps us from giving 10%? Was Abraham before the deut. 28and chapter 8 references? Was it required? What about Jacobs ladder? He spoke to God “if you do this, then I will give the tithe”, not a tithe….how did jacob know about ‘the’ tithe? From his father…our father?

    didnt want anyone to keep pointing old testament mosaic laws out as a way of not truly questioning the tithe. Since we are not under the old covenant (mosaic) law anymore then I understand the point about the tithe not being required, but Father Abraham was before the law, and Jesus came in the order of Melchizadek, of whom was a priest of ancient Jerusalem……so you tell me…..should we tithe…..?

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  9. Evangelist N.C.Sekhar,
    June 15, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Top Priority is Soul winning……… Proverb 11:30.
    My Dear earnest Director/Pastor,
    Praise the Lord Jesus at all times, giving Him all the Glory.
    I am an Evangelist/RC Catechist in full time ministry saving lost souls at any cost through the Sound Catholic Bible Doctrine. I have been anointed by the Holy Spirit for teaching and preaching ministry. I have three mission stations looking after their Spiritual needs as an Evangelist/Catechist. I am 39 years old, married and have two Children. I conduct prayer services, Spiritual retreats, and Marriage counseling, Marian Devotions, House visiting, prepare Hindus and Muslims for adult Baptisms in our Holy Catholic Church.
    Please,If you are able to help my ministry to grow and harvest lost souls for Christ. In these last days keeping the blessed Hope in Mind. Titus 2:13.
    Together we can prepare the Bride to meet Jesus at His Second coming. For this is Gods assignment for us, we must do what must be done. Faith in Jesus Christ and obedience to His word will help us to see the invisible, believe the incredible and receive the impossible.
    I am waiting your urgent reply. Please, send some resource material books, and too some little finance help for my ministry needs feel free to do so.
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  10. antichristinthetemple
    April 19, 2011 at 5:28 am

    Actually Mr N.C.Sekhar, Evangelist, Divine Mercy Cente, I think that top priority is righteousness. Soul winning will follow. What good is it that you should save the souls of men and lose your own. Many will stand before the Lord in that day and claim their inheritance based on their works, and He will say, depart from me you who work iniquity.

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